Manufacturing Success Stories: Adaptation in an Era of Rapid Change

linkedin-Adv-Manuf-advisory-Companion2Are you facing challenges in selecting the right materials and processes to meet your product goals? Are you wondering how your prototype will transfer to factory production? Do you want to significantly increase output but aren’t sure where to start?

That’s where consulting with a collaborative, unbiased partner like EWI can make a big impact, guiding you through the change process, reducing risk and increasing your chances of success.

As manufacturers endeavor to overcome these and other design and operations challenges in these competitive times, partnering with an unbiased, outside expert can help to reduce risk, identify ideal solutions and technologies for your unique application and goals, and more.

EWI’s latest guide, EWI Advisory Services: Helping Companies Create Blueprints for Success outlines the variety of advisory services EWI offers to help manufacturers adapt and address new materials, design or structural changes, as well as emerging technological needs and goals.

 

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Do you need assistance in identifying the right solutions to advance your design or boost your operations? EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies that deliver a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. We help manufacturers find the right options for meeting new design or operations goals.

Contact Jon Jennings today to discuss your design, development or operations needs at jjennings@ewi.org.

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Recently Published: Improving Productivity in an Ultrasonic-Assisted Drilling Vertical Machining Center

JMSPEWI Graduate Fellow, Amin Moghaddas, along with EWI colleagues, Matt Short, Nick Wiley, Karl Graff, and an OSU co-author were recently published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Manufacturing Science & Engineering.

“Improving Productivity in an Ultrasonic-Assisted Drilling Vertical Machining Center,” focuses on transitioning the ultrasonic-assisted drilling (UAD) process from a laboratory to a production system compatible with automated machining systems. This work details the design and development of an ultrasonic drilling module and reviews prior work in UAD, including the development of a module based on a vibration-isolating case using a standard tool holder.

EWI Members can obtain the article by contacting the EWI Library. If your company is not a member, consider the benefits of EWI membership today.

The article is also available through ASME.

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Sealing Devices Inc. joins EWI as New Member

We are pleased to welcome nesealing-devices-logo.jpg.pagespeed.ce.HmcvfQagYhw EWI member Sealing Devices Inc.  The company is one of the largest, privately-held manufacturers, converters, and distributors of innovative sealing and gasket products in North America. With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, NY, Sealing Devices provides products to industrial OEM customers worldwide.

 

 

 

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EWI to Launch New Aerospace Forming Consortium in May

ewi-logo-new121The aerospace industry increasingly experiences needs for new materials applications, such as fiber-metal laminates/metal-matrix composites and new aluminum/titanium/nickel alloys. A major challenge for the aerospace industry is to ensure that product manufacturing processes are adaptable enough to handle these new materials. The challenge is also to integrate these new materials technologies with existing forming processes or novel forming technologies. Advanced manufacturing technologies and value-added practices in design and production are important for the aerospace industry to reduce manufacturing costs and produce excellent quality and high-value aerospace vehicles.

The materials and processes being used in the aerospace industry are often very expensive
because of the limited number of aerospace alloys and manufacturing processes that are
qualified for the design codes and government safety regulations. Therefore, the aerospace industry is greatly interested in developing and implementing flexible net-shape forming processes to replace or minimize expensive conventional manufacturing processes such as machining and forging.

To meet this need, EWI is launching a new Aerospace Forming Consortium. A decision to fund the implementation of the flexible net-shape forming processes can be beyond the risk tolerance of any individual company or group within the aerospace industry.

A meeting to introduce the new consortium, planned for May 8, 2018 (concurrent to AeroMat 2018 in Orlando), will bring together OEMs, part suppliers, material producers, forming equipment builders, and academia to discuss important issues related to the current practice and advancement of sheet metal forming technology in the aerospace industry.

Technical presentations and discussions will feature the following:

  • Advanced flow forming and spinning processes
  • The incremental radial forging of turbine blade preforms and hollow-shafts
  • Applications of real-time and nondestructive monitoring tools for cold forming aerospace structural parts

Join us for a welcome reception at 5:00 pm in the Naples 3 meeting room, Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida, on May 8.  Technical presentations and discussions will run from 5:00 pm through 6:30 pm. Hors d’ouevres will be served.

To register for this launch event, please click here. For more information about the Aerospace Forming Consortium, contact Ian Harris at iharris@ewi.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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How do you assess your best options before making big production investments?

linkedin-Adv-Manuf-advisory-Companion2Implementing change at any stage of design, development, or operations can present challenges. Whether you are looking to join dissimilar materials, need to assess the impact of material and process selection, or want to evaluate the feasibility of a new technology—it is important to have a clear plan before implementing change.

That’s where consulting with a collaborative, unbiased partner like EWI can make a big impact, guiding you through the change process, reducing risk and increasing your chances of success.

Among other things, EWI can:

  • Examine current capabilities to determine technological or process gaps and goals,
  • Review your design for manufacturability, including joining, forming, and quality systems to achieve product goals,
  • Screen your materials to confirm weldability and/or formability,
  • Establish a technology development plan,
  • And more.

To illustrate the range of advisory services that EWI offers, we present a new overview, EWI’s Advisory Services: Helping Organizations Evaluate Opportunities for Change. 

 

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EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies that deliver a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. We help manufacturers successfully implement change to overcome any design or operational challenge.

Interested in learning more about how our Advisory Services can help you optimize design and improve operations? Contact Jon Jennings at jjennings@ewi.org.

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EWI Welcomes New Member Company Aptiv

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Aptiv is a global technology company that delivers software capabilities, advanced computing platforms and networking architecture solutions for the future of mobility. Headquartered in Gillingham, England, Aptiv operates 14 technical centers, as well as manufacturing sites and customer support centers, in 45 countries.

 

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Fundamentals of Welding and Forming Classes Scheduled

Forming Center Workshop 2013 (46)EWI will offer two of its most requested professional courses twice each in coming months:

Taught by engineers from the EWI Forming Center, Sheet Metal Forming: Fundamentals and Applications, is geared toward designers, engineers, and managers involved in new product development, stamping process engineering, tooling design/maintenance, stamping quality check/process control, and purchasing of stamping/equipment/tooling. A spring class, April 18-19, and a summer class, September 10-11, will both be held at EWI World Headquarters in Columbus, OH.EWI front w entrance

The popular Fundamentals of Welding class offers a full week of training in welding processes, welding metallurgy and weldability, welding design and testing (including mechanical testing and NDT), and qualifications and procedure review.  Both sessions will be held during the summer, June 18-22 and August 13-17, also at EWI in Columbus.

To register or to learn more, click below on the class of your choice:

For more information, contact bsharb@ewi.org.

 

 

 

 

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EWI in Now Member of NextFlex Consortium for Flexible Hybrid Electronics

NextFlex - RGB - for web or ppt only - if printing pls request CMYK from NextFlexEWI is pleased to announce its membership in NextFlex, an institute of Manufacturing USA, the national initiative that focuses on emerging advanced manufacturing technologies. NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing flexible hybrid electronic (FHE) manufacturing in the USA.

Flexible hybrid electronics – stretchable, conformal, wearable, and often disposable – have great potential for application in medical and personal healthcare, as well as consumer electronics. The technology for printable microelectronics advances almost daily, but creating successful applications requires a joint effort between academia, industry, and government – and that’s where the NextFlex  partners come in.

With deep expertise in microjoining technology, dissimilar materials joining, and applied R&D, EWI has the capabilities and resources to contribute significantly to the advancement of FHE, and looks forward to playing an active role in the work of NextFlex.WFE cover

For information about NextFlex and Manufacturing USA, visit www.nextflex.us

You can read about the challenges and opportunities of FHE in EWI’s guide to Wearable Flexible Electronics: Closing Technology Gaps.

To learn more about EWI’s technologies and capabilities, click here.

 

 

 

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Member MSA Safety Inc. is a new EWI Member

MSAWe are pleased to welcome new member MSA Safety Inc. Founded as Mine Safety Appliances Inc., in 1914 with a focus on mine rescue, the company now leads the charge for workplace safety with a product line that includes oil and gas detection meters, fire safety equipment and hard hats. The company has locations in the U.S. and Canada.

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EWI and Auburn University-NASA tapped for New ASTM Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence

ASTM logoASTM International, a world-renowned standards and related-services organization, has announced winners of a global competition for its first-ever Center of Excellence (CoE), which will focus on additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing. From a pool of dozens of proposals submitted in December, EWI and Auburn University-NASA were co-selected to run the cutting-edge CoE. The organizations and their partners will work to create a global innovation hub that advances technical standards, related R&D, education and training, and more.

“This game-changing collaboration will build a strong foundation for the future of additive manufacturing,” said Katharine Morgan, president of ASTM International. “The synergy among Auburn, NASA, and EWI – combined with the trailblazing work of ASTM’s additive manufacturing committee – will help fill industry gaps and accelerate innovation. It’s clear that this new center has the potential to shape the future of industries like aerospace, auto, medical, and more.”

ewi-logo-new121With funding, in-kind, and other support from ASTM International, the organizations involved in the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence will focus on bridging standards development with R&D. As part of the program, EWI will work to build industry consortia, leveraging its track record of developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies.

Dr. Frank Medina, AM technology leader at EWI, said, “We are thrilled to be helping lead this new center of excellence with ASTM International, Auburn University, and NASA. We look forward to bringing AM industry leaders to the table and working with them to identify challenges, advance groundbreaking standards, and drive innovation in this fast-growing area.”

AUwordmarkH4In addition to its research activities, part of Auburn University’s role will be to develop education and training resources and tools. “Our college has made major investments in faculty, laboratories, and equipment to achieve a leadership position in additive manufacturing,” said Christopher Roberts, dean of Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “To be recognized by ASTM International is quite an honor and we look forward to a productive, collaborative relationship with ASTM and EWI.” John Vickers, NASA’s principal technologist in advanced manufacturing, added, “NASA and ASTM International have had a decades-long relationship in developing aerospace and aviation standards that benefit NASA’s mission and the industry as a whole. We look forward to working with Auburn and EWI to link R&D and standardization efforts that will uncover the vast potential of additive manufacturing applications.”

ASTM International’s committee on additive manufacturing technologies (F42) was formed in 2009. The committee, in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 261, has worked and continues to work closely with the Additive Manufacturing Standards Collaborative to identify and fill a variety of gaps across multiple industry sectors. For an overview of ASTM International’s leadership in AM standardization, click here.

Stakeholders interested in the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence can contact Mohsen Seifi, director of global additive manufacturing programs at ASTM International at mseifi@astm.org, or Michael Ulbrich, President of EWI-New York at mulbrich@ewi.org.

 

 

 

 

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